Tasmanian community in mourning over shock death of young footballer
The soccer community in Tasmania is in mourning over the death of 16-year-old Samara Whitney who’s being remembered as “a real star who shone vibrant each in and out”.
The AFL has introduced equal prize cash for each the lads’s and girls’s competitions.
The ladies’s prize cash will improve from round $624,000 to $1.1 million this season to match the lads.
The AFLW prize cash will probably be cut up throughout the highest eight groups whereas the lads’s will probably be shared throughout the highest 4.
The 16-year-old died on Tuesday and was a rising star for the Wynyard Soccer Membership, north west of Launceston, and a member of the Tasmania Devils program.
“It’s with nice unhappiness and heartache, we acknowledge the sudden passing of Samara Whitney. Samara has been a component of the WFC household since Juniors and performed an integral function in our Senior Girls’s Premiership aspect this yr,” the soccer membership wrote.
“A vibrant and loveable young woman who has made her mark on the WFC as a passionate and gifted participant, who had a giant future forward of her. Our young gun, our pocket rocket, our #2… such a constructive affect for all. Somebody who had an incredible reference to each our membership and the broader community. This may final eternally.
“A real star who shone vibrant each in and out. We thanks for permitting us to be a component of your journey and for bringing a lot mild and pleasure into so many lives.
“We prolong our deepest condolences to the household, mates and to all who had been blessed and touched by Mara’s lovely soul.
“This surprising passing has come as a shock to all. We ask the WFC Community to be variety & compassionate, and to achieve out with open arms to these round you.”
The social media submit was instantly flooded with feedback of help from mates and members of the community.
“Such a fantastic lady, who has been a beautiful help in the Devils Program to my daughter, Eliza. Her friendship won’t ever be forgotten. The world shines rather less brightly now, sadly,” one commented.
“Such devastating information she was a fantastic lady and a gun on the sphere. Pure pleasure. My coronary heart breaks for her household. Sending waves of love and power to all,” one other wrote.
A 3rd added: “Completely tragic our ideas and love exit to the household and community such a fantastic soul, gone to heaven too quickly x RIP angel.”
AFL Tasmania additionally launched a press release sending condolences to Samara’s household, mates and members of the soccer community.
“AFL Tasmania extends its deepest sympathies to the Wynyard Soccer Membership, North West Soccer League and Tasmania Devils communities following the sudden passing of Samara Whitney,” it wrote.
“Samara was a beloved member of the Wynyard Cats and the Tasmania Devils program, having additionally represented the NWFL in this yr’s Girls’s All Stars Collection.”
In Samara’s honour some mates began a GoFundMe web page to assist the household pay for a farewell with greater than $25,000 raised in the primary 24 hours.
“Tuesday September 5, 2023 is a day that each one of us will always remember. It was the day we learnt the tragic information that Samara Whitney #2 was not with us,” organiser Sasha Burr wrote.
“Time has since stood nonetheless for her household, mates, faculty community and sporting golf equipment as all of us start to grieve and navigate life with out our particular lady.
“With the permission of Samara’s mother and father Kym and Seton, now we have arrange this web page to help with giving their daughter a fantastic farewell that she deserves.
“The Whitney and Smitheram households are very beloved in our little community and if you’re wishing to donate please click on on the donate button and please be at liberty to go away a message to Samara or her household. A lot like to you all.”